Pizza, Pizza

Forgive me for this personal post, but if you’ll indulge me…

Little Caesar’s has been and will be my favorite pizza. Since being a vegan though, I was afraid I would never be able to enjoy the wonderful crust and crazy bread again…

Little Caesar’s

For the Strict Vegetarian Diet (Vegan Diet)
A strict vegetarian diet requires a little more planning for nutritional adequacy because it may require special conditions such as no animal by-products. Little Caesars’ pizza crust is made with a quality, high-protein flour and contains no animal products or by-products. The sauce is made from crushed tomatoes and is seasoned with a special blend of herbs and spices – it also is made without animal by-products. This means that customers who are strict vegetarians can order a Little Caesars vegetable pizza, without cheese, and still fulfill their needs.

There are other items that can be special-ordered from our menu that are acceptable for a strict vegetarian diet. For example, Crazy Bread® can be ordered without Parmesan cheese along with an order of Crazy Sauce® on the side.

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Yes, we can…

UPDATE: This was supposed to show up last night…

[Before we get started, I’d like to apologize for not update for the last week or so. I’ve been busy & had to let something drop.]

Ok. This is the point where I endorse Barack Obama for President. This “endorsement” matters nil – very few people will read this and most of those that do are already sold on Barry for Pres. But I will go ahead anyway – mostly for my own stake.

Why do I think that you should vote for Barack Obama – beyond the fact that he will usher in the communist revolution I’ve been dreaming of since I was a lad? On the most basic level Obama represents – this is an obvious slogan/clinche at this point – change. What exactly is this “change”? An Obama election will represent a fundamental paradigm shift – very Kuhnian of me – in the basic direction of the country.

Since – at  least – the late 1970s we have been living in an “Age of Reagan“; the basic terms of our politics has been conservative. (Whatever the problems with Wilentz’s book, his basic argument about the conservative drive of our politics in the last thirty some years is dead on) An Obama victory represents a fundamental, 180 degree shift from all of that. A reorientation away from dead-end governance, foreign wars, private interest raiding of our public trust, and cynical manipulation of the public’s fears and hates.

On a basic level Obama means more of this and less of this.

Of course, the change Obama will bring is not going to be exactly what I’d want in my ideal world; but – of course – we don’t live in my dream world (who would want to anyway besides me?), so I’ll just take what I can get. Whatever surprises, disappointments, successes and failures an Obama administration will bring, we must remember that history will judge us worse if do nothing than if we try and fail.

But a ramble from me won’t really convince any undecideds out there. Perhaps Obama’s own words will: (via)

Ok. With that out of the way: below are a list of the candidates that Blurred Productions offically supports in this election cyle. The list only includes candidates (and ballot issues) in the three states immediately (Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia) surrounding BP central here in Northern VA.

Federal level:
Barack Obama – President
Joe Biden – Vice President

Virginia: (Polls open from 6:00am -7:00pm) [State Party Candidate list]
Mark Warner – US Senate
Gerry Connolly – US Congress (VA-11)
Judy Feder – US Congress (VA-10)

Maryland: (Polls open from 7:00am to 8:00pm) [State Party Candidate list]
Vote NO on authorizing adding 15,000 slot machines at five locations
Vote YES on allowing legislature to provide for early voting (within two weeks of an election

West Virginia: (Polls open from 6:00am to 7:00pm) [State Party Candidate list]
Jay Rockefeller – US Senate
Anne Barth – US Congress (WV-2)
Margret Workman – State Supreme Court
Menis Ketchum – State Supreme Court

And for the record, if you live in California please make the world a better, more humane place by voting for Prop 2 (better conditions for livestock) and againist Prop 8 (banning gay marriage).

Consider this an open election day thread.


The answer might surprise you!

So the NY Times has put up a collection of fairly negative reactions to a girl getting sick on a strict vegan diet. How bout it Smith Michaels, is your commie pinko bleeding heart fascist anti-american diet destroying our children by depriving them of animal flesh cooked over an open flame?


…I say hello

I have returned from my trip to the San Fransisco area and I have to say it was a good time. The girlfriend, family, and I were able to check out Oakland, Berkeley, the Napa/Sonoma Wine Country, and San Fransisco itself. We even made it as far south as Monterrey.

I learned several things during my time out there. First things first, there is no place for a vegan to eat in Sonoma. Napa wasn’t much better but it did have a very, very excellent vegetarian/vegan restaurant, Ubuntu. In Monterrey we a very good vegetarian friend place, called Tillie Gorts. Easily though the best dinning was in Berkeley and San Fransisco. We went to the local chain Herbivore, in both Berkeley and San Fransisco. And, easily, the best place to eat in the whole trip was Millennium. Expensive but extremely tasty.

I was amazed by the sheer number of book stores, especially used bookstores at fair prices. I was able to find a couple of older books that I’ve been looking for (Chants Democratic & The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution) along with a new book that had flown under my radar at home (A History of Histories).

When I was in San Fransisco I was able to hit up two very excellent comic shops, Isotope and Comix Experience. Both are utterly great stores; open, accessible, and very well-stocked. The staffs of both were very friendly (I was able to meet Brian Hibbs of Savage Critics but was too sheepish to really talk to him). Both stores set a great example for other comics stores to follow. I would really wish for a store with the sort of atmosphere of Isotope to open in the DC/VA/MD area. It would be a dream.

With the trip recap out of the way, in the next few days expect to see more from me here. With graduation out of the way and a lot more free time on my hands I hope to really get back to business with this whole blogging thing.

But, of course, we’ll see.


Episode III – Revenge of the Links

I know, I know, I said I’d come up with a better tittle but, honestly I can’t.

…and I love Star Wars references. Even easy ones. So, sue me (no, wait, don’t!)

On to the links!

  • Heady! @Edge of the West: The nature of historical investigation as searching for one’s keys.
  • Debate! @The comics blogosphere: Race and Superheroes! Here, here and here.
  • Obviousness! @Blog@Newsarama: Is Mark Millar full of shit when he talks about his own work? Hmm….
  • Discuss! @Historiann: Are women better leaders in monarchies than in democracies? Also: did Krisof write a column that was actually valuable?
  • More Obviousness!: @Club Jade: In case you missed it – The Indy Four trailer. Cross  your fingers kids!
  • Interestingness!: @Postbourgie: The shadow of The Cosbys?

Until next time! (Maybe with a better title?)


Horrid…

Ladies and gentlemen here is one of the reasons I am a vegan.